Originally from Brittany, Mona Kastell is a scenographer and body painter with a strong interest in social and ecological conscious design in performance. She is part of the growing community of artists who explore sustainability and the impact of the substantial waste in the creative industry.
Mona combines her design and painting skills with a collaborative approach, to the creation of characters and scenery. Fascinated by the human body and its representation in society, she is inspired by people and their culture from all around the world. She also uses the permaculture principles in her visual concepts.
Mona has worked as set & costume designer and costume supervisor in theatre, dance, film, devised, street and physical theatre, event, youth theatre, fire performance, pantomime and experimental work.
Mona pledged to commit to a conscious set of shared values that Theatre and Art can be ecologically viable through the EcoStage network.
In 2012, Mona was awarded the quality production funding by Creative Scotland to develop her sculptural creations. Mona then devised and directed the costume-led performance L’Eveil as part of Glasgow Arches Live.
In 2015, Mona assisted ecoscenographer Tanja Beer of the Living Stage during Uprooted, and subsequently presented the living hats and the model box as part of the Re-See it and ArtCop Scotland exhibition in Edinburgh.
In 2016, Mona acquired a Permaculture Design Certificate from The British Association of Permaculture.
She is currently studying MA Ecological Design Thinking at Schumacher College (Yr 2016-17) in order to merge sustainability with theatre design.
Recent work includes Last Night in Edinburgh by Bita Shafipour (Sociarts), Cathy Marston’s Walking Shadows (David Hughes Dance) as well as Ghosts in the Garden and Escaping War (Edinburgh International Festival). Mona was also part of the team (costume supervisor) that brought the international Gaelic Struileag: Children of the smoke to Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Mona is interested in hearing about collaboration with theatre makers, choreographers or performers who are interested in questioning the traditional theatrical ways and exploring ecological design in performance.
-2016 SBTD BluePages ‘Scotland’s first living stage’ (co-written with Tanja Beer)
-2012 SBTD BluePages ‘Costume as starting point for devising performance‘
-The Stage Rising stars
-Creative & Cultural Skills Get into Theatre